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Also Known As: Alexander Nevermind, Prince Rogers Nelson, Prince Died:
Born: June 7, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Profession: singer, songwriter, musician, actor, director, producer

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Considered one of rock music's royalty, Prince captivated millions with his multitude of talents, unique artistry, and eccentric behavior. His decades-long career began in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN, where the artist crafted his genre-bending musical style that incorporated funk, soul, R&B, rock, and pop. Beginning with his 1979 self-titled debut, Prince rivaled the success of Michael Jackson and Madonna in the 1980s with groundbreaking albums such as 1999 (1982) and Purple Rain (1984). The latter spawned a cavalcade of pop anthems like "Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," as well as an extremely profitable film of the same name, released in 1984, which starred the singer. A gifted songwriter, Prince often used sexually suggestive lyrics for his own provocative tracks and for other artists. From his androgynous stage costumes, to his shy offstage persona, to dating some of the world's most beautiful women, Prince's theatrical and envelope-pushing behavior made headlines, but none more so than when he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in 1993. After an embittered legal and creative battle with his longtime record label Warner Bros., Prince took full control of his career and...

Considered one of rock music's royalty, Prince captivated millions with his multitude of talents, unique artistry, and eccentric behavior. His decades-long career began in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN, where the artist crafted his genre-bending musical style that incorporated funk, soul, R&B, rock, and pop. Beginning with his 1979 self-titled debut, Prince rivaled the success of Michael Jackson and Madonna in the 1980s with groundbreaking albums such as 1999 (1982) and Purple Rain (1984). The latter spawned a cavalcade of pop anthems like "Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," as well as an extremely profitable film of the same name, released in 1984, which starred the singer. A gifted songwriter, Prince often used sexually suggestive lyrics for his own provocative tracks and for other artists. From his androgynous stage costumes, to his shy offstage persona, to dating some of the world's most beautiful women, Prince's theatrical and envelope-pushing behavior made headlines, but none more so than when he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in 1993. After an embittered legal and creative battle with his longtime record label Warner Bros., Prince took full control of his career and reemerged as a successful businessman, producer, and concert artist. In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a testament to his contributions to music as one of the greatest artists of all time.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Graffiti Bridge (1990) Director
2.
  Sign o' the Times (1987) Director
3.
  Under the Cherry Moon (1986) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sarafina! (1992) Jaeger
2.
 Graffiti Bridge (1990) The Kid
3.
 Sign o' the Times (1987) Himself
4.
5.
 Under the Cherry Moon (1986) Christopher Tracy
6.
 Purple Rain (1984) The Kid
7.
 46th Annual Grammy Awards, The (2004) Performer
8.
 Prince: The Art of Musicology (2004) Performer/Interviewee
10.
 14th Annual Genesis Awards (2000) Award Recipient
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Milestones close milestones

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Taught himself to play piano at age seven; by age 12 had mastered over 20 instruments
:
Moved to New York to sell demo tape; returned to Minneapolis MN when he wouldn't surrender full control of music to record labels
1978:
Signed contract with Warner Bros.; Released first album at age 19 <i>For You</i>
1980:
Release third album <i>Dirty Mind</i>
1982:
Relased fifth album <i>1999</i>, which became a hit, selling over three million copies
1984:
Released <i>Purple Rain</i>, which sold over ten million copies in the US and spent 24 weeks at number one
1984:
Feature acting debut (also composer, song performer), "Purple Rain"
1987:
Founded own record label, Paisley Park Records in Minneapolis
1989:
Composed and performed songs for feature, "Batman"
1990:
Established Paisley Park Films, an independent motion-picture production company and entertainment complex
1990:
Paisley Park Films produced first project, "Graffiti Bridge" at Paisley Park
1991:
Formed the New Power Generation; released their first album together, <i>Diamonds and Pearls</i>
1993:
Legally changed his name to the joined symbol of male and female
1994:
After becoming embroiled in contract disagreements with Warner Bros., Prince independently released the single "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"; the song became his biggest hit in years
1995:
Released his final two albums under the Warner Bros. label "The Gold Experience</i> and <i>Chaos & Disorder</i>
1996:
Started own label, NPG (distributed by EMI), which released the three-disc <i>Emancipation</i>
1999:
Prince issued the remix collection 1999 (The New Master) with the end-of-the-millennium approaching
1999:
Signed with Arista, his first major record label deal in more than 10 years
2001:
Converted to the Jehovah's Witness faith, and released the religious album <i>The Rainbow Children</i> over the Internet
2004:
Signed with Columbia and released <i>Musicology</i> under his re-adopted name of Prince; copies of the album were included with the price of tickets to his 2004 sold-out tour; received five Grammy Nominations
2006:
Released his latest album, <i>3121</i>; earned 5 Grammy nominations, including Best R&B Album
2006:
Performed in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel's 3121 Jazz Club, named after Prince's latest album <i>3121</i>
2006:
Wrote and performed "Song of the Heart," for the animated film "Happy Feet"; earned a Grammy nomination
2007:
Offered copies of his new album <i>Planet Earth</i> in the July 15, 2007 issue of <i>The Mail on Sunday</i>, making it the first place in the world to get the album; this sparked controversy among music distributors; earned a Grammy nomination
2008:
Released a live album entitled, <i>Indigo Nights</i>, as well as "21 Nights," an accompanying book of poems, lyrics and photos
2009:
Launched the website, "LotusFlow3r.com," streaming some of his newly released material
2009:
Released his sixth studio album, <i>LOtUSFLOW3R,</i> a triple album set, which contains CD of the same name, along with <i>MPLSoUND</i> and <i>Elixer,</i> the debut album of Prince protegee Bria Valente
2009:
Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song, "Dreamer" off the album, <i>LOtUSFLOW3R</i>
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Notes

Prince has also written songs for other recording artists, including Sheena Easton and Sheila E., under the pseudonym of Alexander Nevermind.

His Web site is located at www.180newfunk.com

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Vanity. Singer, actor. No longer together.
companion:
Kim Basinger. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Sherilyn Fenn. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Troy Beyer. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Carmen Electra. Singer, actor. Dated in the early 1990s.
wife:
Mayte Garcia. Dancer. Married on February 14, 1996; born on November 12; in December 1998, announced plans to have marriage annulled; also announced that couple would be rejoined in a symbolic ceremony on Valentine's Day 1999; as of late 1999, they remained a couple but she lived in Spain and he in Minnesota; officially signed divorce papers in May 2000; engaged to rock star Tommy Lee since 2001.
companion:
Manuela Testolini. Born c. 1976; reportedly married in a Jehovah's witness in Hawaii in January 2002.
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father:
John Nelson. Jazz musician. Formed the Prince Rogers Trio; divorced Shaw when Prince was ten years old; died on August 25, 2001 at age 85.
mother:
Mattie Shaw. Singer. Sang with the Prince Rogers Trio; divorced Nelson when Prince was ten years old; died on February 15, 2002 at age 68.
step-father:
Hayward Baker.
sister:
Tyka Nelson. Born c. 1960.
half-brother:
Omarr Baker.
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